University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Mentorship

The Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Division of Infectious Disease values professionalism, patient-centeredness, compassion, innovation, discovery, inclusion, diversity, teamwork, scholarship, and stewardship. 

Trainee education, development, and support are imperative in guiding the next generation of academically-oriented infectious disease specialists. In accordance with these values, we have implemented an individualized mentorship program for our fellows. Our mentorship program promotes fellows’ career planning and development as clinicians, educators and researchers. 

Mentorship Structure

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Fellows match with a set of mentors early in their training through a series of meet and greets and assessment of similar interests. All fellows are afforded an opportunity for mentors in career guidance, research, quality improvement, and HIV clinical care. If fellows select a pathway, they have the opportunity to work with an additional mentor in that area of specialization. 

Fellows meet with mentors regularly, with frequency tailored to fellow needs.  These mentorship relationships are longitudinal and can ideally evolve into peer mentorship as one progresses in their career. The close alignment with UW-Madison and collaborative clinical care model introduces the possibility of mentors from outside the Division of Infectious Disease, such as through the School of Public Health, Pharmacy, Nursing and Microbiology. Our graduates tout their mentorship as one of the most valuable experiences in our program. 

Mentorship Fields

Career

Fellows pair with faculty members to support their general career development during training and beyond. Career mentors provide guidance on building a CV and portfolio, applying to jobs, seeking out a career path in the field, and other general guidance as training progresses.

Quality Improvement

In collaboration with the Department of Medicine, fellows will participate in quality improvement curriculum.  The Infectious Disease Division Trainee QI Curriculum is led by Dr. Aurora Pop-Vicas who works with fellows and mentors to guide them through the QI curriculum.  With the supports of mentors, all fellows present that the UW Health QI Symposium during their training and many also present projects at national meetings like SHEA. 

Research

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Fellows have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned scientists, who can provide mentorship on research design, execution, and dissemination spanning the research continuum. Opportunities in basic science, clinical research, implementation science, and medical education and the social sciences are available.  With mentor support, fellows typically present at a minimum of one national conference during their training.  Many fellows present at IDSA Week, SHEA, or ASM.

HIV

Fellows  select among our excellent HIV clinicians to provide longitudinal clinical mentorship, facilitating by work in our UW Health outpatient clinics.

Journal Club

As part of our rotating conference series, fellows present journal club annually. Fellows select a faculty journal club mentor, who guides critical appraisal of the literature and provides further context for the clinical question at hand.

Pathway

Fellows that choose to graduate with distinction in a training pathway work with faculty mentors in their field of interest.  Fellows have a chance to collaborate and learn from faculty currently active and working in their area of interest.